Hooters blackballs San Diego mayor


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NEW: Hooters, other businesses say Bob Filner is persona non grata

NEW: Filner's official credit card bills under scrutiny amid complaints

The San Diego mayor has been accused of sexually harassing numerous women

Filner answers recall petition drive: "Now is not the time to go backwards"

San Diego CNN —  

How bad has it gotten for embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner?

Even Hooters – the restaurant chain sometimes criticized for its scantily clad waitresses – says he’s no longer welcome.

The chain’s downtown location has joined a campaign by a local radio talk-show host, who’s urging businesses to post signs in their window that declare Filner persona non grata. The signs note that the mayor “will not be served in this establishment” and “We believe women should be treated with respect.”

In a statement posted on Twitter, the company said restaurant acted on its own.

“Our Hooters Girls in San Diego have spoken. Not a corporate gig, but we support our girls,” it read.

San Diego Mayor not welcome: Photos of the Hooters sign

Refusing to resign in the face of mounting allegations that he groped and made lewd comments toward numerous women, Filner is facing an effort to recall him from office. And now a city councilman wants him to answer questions about more than $500 in charges on his official city credit card from a downtown hotel.

“When you see statements like this, it raises the question of is city business being done or not,” Councilman Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday.

CNN obtained Filner’s municipal credit-card statements from January to May. The taxpayer-paid card included charges rangi